By Carmen Staicer - Chief Mom at DietsInReview.com
It's that time of year - the kids are out of school, and for many families, that means one thing - Road trip! There's something deeply American about loading the family into the car and striking out for the great unknown. Exploring the country by car is exciting and fulfilling, but it also takes time. Spend a lot of time in the car, and pretty soon, you'll get the munchies. Fail to pack snacks and you'll end up stopping in drive-thrus and convenience stores snacking on French fries, potato chips, and candy. Take time to plan for your foods for your trip and you won't arrive at your destination bloated and five pounds heavier.
Here are ten of my top choices for healthy, easy to pack travel foods that kid- and parent-friendly! These are easily transported and filling enough to help fuel an all day trip. Freeze water bottles, insert them into a cooler with ice, and add your snacks. The water bottles will stay cool and the snacks will
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Whether by car or train or airplane, you and your family have to get where you're going this summer SO YOU CAN HAVE SOME FUN -- and ideally you'll get there with a little contentment along the way. In order to make happier travel times, your kids will likely need to be entertained along the way. So how are you going to pull that off?
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How about if we give you some great activities for entertaining your kids while you travel. In fact, how about if we give you 25 great ideas. That ought to tide them over, huh?
25 Kids Activities for Happier Summer Travel
1. Movies on a portable DVD player
3. Kid apps
4. Finger puppets
5. Crayons, coloring books & Bare Books
6. Printable Paper Camping Set ($7) from Neskita
7. Digital camera
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Hotels and flights will make up the bulk of your travel expenses, so if you're looking to cut down on costs, maybe you should try to skimp on the stay since there's only so much you can save with an air ticket. Read on to find out some savvy ways to save on your lodgings.
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- StyleCaster | Summer Travel – Thu, Jun 9, 2011 10:48 PM EDT
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Melisse Gelula and Alexia Brue, the lovely ladies over at WellandGoodNYC.com, have really outdone themselves with their new 20-page summer wellness guide. Whether you live in the New York area or you plan on visiting in the upcoming summer months, this should be your go-to source for staying fit all season long.
Well + Good's team of insiders have given us everything we need to keep in bikini shape, from the best outdoor boot camps to a summer playlist, courtesy of flywheel. Click through for a sneak peek of my personal favorite section, Healthy Restaurants with Outdoor Dining, and make sure to download the complete guide today.
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- Fast Talking Dame | Summer Travel – Thu, Jun 9, 2011 7:46 PM EDT
Public Toilet Map in BeijingI had come to China leery of squatting toilets and BYOT (bring your own tissue) policies, but instead found the bladder-friendliest place on Earth.Read More »from TRAVEL: Crouching Tiger, Squatting Dragon: A Nonplussed Westerner's Guide to Middle Kingdom Toilets
On Day 1 in Beijing, The Husband and I headed to the Chaoyang district in search of a massage. Emerging from the subway stop, we looked for signage to get our bearings, and the first one we spotted was the Public Toilet map.
My heart swelled, as did my bladder. A layout of nearby loos well be the most civilized service a government can do for its people.
Of course, Beijing spent a lot of money to clean up its toilet act - US$40 million dollars, in preparation for the 2008 Olympics. The Wall Street Journal pointed out only a couple decades ago, chamberpots were still in use among Chinese urbanites. For a country on its ascension, China knew a country is defined by its plumbing, as this WSJ quote notes: "Jack Sim, head of the Singapore-based World Toilet Organization, says public-toilet conditions have an impact on tourism, disease
Whether your exercise regimen calls for hitting the trails, or your vacation plans fall into the "staycation" category, you're ready to find some new parks to explore. But how do you find them? It's likely that you have undiscovered gems right under your nose, and we've identified a few websites that can help you track down your next outdoor adventure.
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As a federal taxpayer, you own some extraordinary land, so consider a visit if you live near a national park, national forest, national landscape, national heritage area, national wildlife refuge or a national wild and scenic river. And you've done a good job over the years as a state taxpayer, too, preserving some extraordinary state parks, so don't forget to check with your state's wildlife conservation, parks and historic preservation departments for ideas. Of course, your local tax dollars have helped counties, cities and towns preserve some great parks, too, so don't forget to check with local parks agencies,
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Forget pitching a tent, and leave that lumpy sleeping bag at home: These seven glam campsites allow travelers to embrace their inner Thoreau - without actually roughing it.
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El Capitan Canyon
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
Perched on the rocky coast just north of Santa Barbara, this nature resort offers all manner of creature comforts, including 26 spacious safari tents with queen-size willow beds and electric lamps, plus bathhouses with hot showers. Feel like exploring? Take a dip in the Pacific, hike the 300-acre property's wooded trails, or practice your downward dog at morning yoga class. When hunger strikes, the resort will even deliver barbecue kits, complete with the fixings for burgers or s'mores, straight to your tent flap.
($155 per double; elcapitancanyon.com)
Dunton Hot Springs
Experience the Wild West in your own private tepee at this
Source: 5 Vegas- Free Bachelorette Party Ideas
A bride's bachelorette party isn't really just about one last drunken night of debauchery. Let's face it, if she's marrying the right guy, she'll have plenty of those on the horizon! A bachelorette bash is more about spending the kind of intensely girlie quality time with friends that it's hard to find the time or space for once she's happily hitched. So if you're planning a bachelorette party for a friend - or someone is planning one for you! - ditch the clichéd trip to Vegas and plan a truly memorable event that will allow for plenty of QT.
- Head to the beach: For a party that's all about location, location, location, take things beachside. What better venue for relaxing, working on your prewedding tan, and knocking back a cocktail or two than a warm, sandy beach? If you can round up enough girlfriends, forgo the often-skeevy beach motels and rent a house near the sand instead. Need more inspiration? Take a cue from this community
For the complete list of the best hotels for kids, visit Babble.
Plus check out Babble's complete 2011 summer guide!
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Summer Travel – Wed, Jun 8, 2011 4:36 AM EDT
This is a vacation? Sarah Palin talks to reporters about Paul Revere during a June 2, 2011, When 10-year-old Piper Palin muttered "Thanks for ruining our vacation" while in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, last week, it was hard to tell whether she was talking to the media or to her mom.
Sarah Palin's "One Nation" tour of historic American landmarks is being billed as a fun family vacation, with stops at historic spots all over the country. It sounds like an old-school family road-trip, except that:
- Fans are invited to follow along with her trip on Sarahpac.com, her political action committee's website, and encouraged to submit requests for her appearances.
- Judging from the photo and the on-the-bus interview with Greta Van Susteren of Fox News-and in spite of the fact that she says "It's not a publicity-seeking tour"-the former vice-presidential candidate doesn't seem to be trying to avoid the media. (Piper, however, looks less than pleased.)
- The trip is being paid for by her political action committee (which is perfectly legal, by the way, since she hasn't declared
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